orig. Leroy Robert Paige
Satchel Paige, 1942.
(born July 7, 1906?, Mobile, Ala., U.S.—died June 8, 1982, Kansas City, Mo.) U.S. baseball pitcher. Paige earned legendary fame during his many years pitching in the Negro leagues
for a myriad of teams that included the Birmingham Black Barons, the Pittsburgh Crawfords, the Kansas City Monarchs, and the New York Black Yankees. He also barnstormed in exhibition games and played in the Caribbean during the off season. He was about 42 years old when he was finally allowed to enter the major leagues in 1948, shortly after Jackie Robinson
broke baseball's race barrier. Joining the Cleveland Indians—the oldest player to make his debut in the major leagues—he helped that team win the World Series in his first season. He retired after the 1953 season. A right-handed, loose-jointed “beanpole,” standing 6 ft 4 in. (1.93 m), Paige had considerable pitching speed and a comprehensive mastery of slow-breaking deliveries. He is reputed to have won 2,000 of a total of 2,500 games pitched during his nearly 30-year career. Among Paige's many oft-quoted comments is the admonition “Don't look back, something might be gaining on you.”
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